Posted by Jessi Turnure
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County has another Republican elected official, after County Clerk Kade Holliday switched from the Green Party to the GOP Monday afternoon.
"I've been really a member of the Republican Party all along. The Green Party was just a mechanism to get on the ballot at the time. Originally, that was the only way we could get on the ballot," Holliday said.
In the November 2012 election, Holliday defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Nelms. He said he is still the same person since the election.
"I still stand for the values I stood for whenever, the same values I preached the entire election. You're still gonna get the exact same service that you've always gotten from the office since day one. Nothing will change, except the letter behind my name."
Some in the Region 8 community said on the KAIT Facebook page that they do not think this will change anything. "I voted for the man not the party. Changing parties does not change how hard he will work or what kind of job he will do," Marie Barnes said.
But others said they are now skeptical. "If you run as a candidate for one party, how are you going to jump from one extreme to another? If I voted for him, I'd feel like I got bait-and-switched," Bryan Eckert said.
"You're still getting the exact same person you voted for at the end of the day," Holliday said.
Holliday also said he is making history. "By joining the Republican Party, I'll be the first constitutionally county-wide elected official since Reconstruction in Craighead County."
"This is the face of the Republican Party now. We have to see young people step up and they have," Congressman Rick Crawford said.
"I'm just blessed by the outpouring of support and I'm blessed by the people of Craighead County that they elected me to fix that problem. They put their trust in me. I delivered on what I promised them. And I hope I can still keep doing that for years to come," Holliday said.
This hope lead to his latest announcement. He announced his candidacy for re-election to the county clerk's position on the Republican ticket.